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Offline Kes1968

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Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« on: July 09, 2018, 08:18:09 PM »
Made the really hard decision today to have my elderly pooch put to sleep later this week, heís 13 and his back legs have all but gone, heís weeing everywhere and panting a lot, even out of the heat, especially at night, so so tough, Iím going to miss him so much 😢😢😢

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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 10:16:30 PM »
 :hearts: sending you a hug. Its so hard to make that decision, especially when they have been there so long with us but we know when it's right time to avoid suffering. I have roses in my garden for each of mine.  Spend some special time with him this week  :hearts: xx
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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 10:57:26 PM »
 :rainbow:thanks emz, I know itís the right decision for him but it still feels so hard, Iíve been taking him for little walks but I was watching him today and he was really struggling 😢

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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 11:15:37 PM »
Its always terrible when you have to make the decision and in the past Ruth would always be the one to see the Vets as I am a big softy and as you might guess i like animals more than people and would never feel its the right time but once they start being unable to walk etc it really does impact on their quality of life so then kindest thing is to let them go.....they will always be with you in your heart.This heat is not great for any dogs but for an elderly one not in great health it must be bad. I plant a tree for everyone of our pets we have lost over the years and we even brought the trees from down in Yorkshire when we moved here and it will be their home forever (we also have their ashes)
I would be lost without my Rory now even though he is a bit of a lunatic at times....he might be a lunatic but he's my lunatic lol.
Sorry to hear about your dog but it is the best thing for him if he's suffering and you have loved him and looked after him well for a long time. x

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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2018, 03:04:42 PM »
Heís been barking this morning at the handyman whoís coming to replace the loft hatch and install the new loft ladder, I donít know that I can justify even thinking of having him put to sleep when heís still showing interest in his surroundings, people always tell me that Iíll know, heís hardly eaten again  today though and v unsteady on his legs, he has spinal nerve damage in his lower spine which causes the incontinence, I donít want to lose him but am I prolonging his suffering? He looks so miserable sometimes and I donít know what to do now
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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2018, 05:08:51 PM »
I struggled alot with my last dog, I knew she was struggling, she started collapsing and would have a accident when she had (it was a kind of fainting, connected to her heart) but on the day of the appt she had perked up a bit.  But I knew it was intermittent, and other times she mainly slept or looked sad. Broke my heart all the same
Sending you big hugs, it's not an easy decision  :hearts: xx
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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2018, 05:20:23 PM »
A few years ago we had a beautiful Smooth Collie called Jethro who we had to have put to sleep at 1yr old due to an illness that was affecting his nervous system, we tried to get him sorted and spent £5000 in vets bills but in the end we had to let him go and i was heartbroken as when i had to retire due to health probs he was there to cheer me up and we'd spend all day cuddling  :smiley: but sadly they couldn't do anymore to cure him. To see a very healthy looking dog put to sleep really did my head in but once they cannot walk properly and have toilet probs the most humane thing is to let them go, make sure you take lots of photos of him before he goes so his memory will live in with ya, ok its sad to see their photos but also you remember a certain day when they were acting daft and it will bring a smile to your face one day. x
Have attached a photo of my Jethro smooth collies are like Lassie but short haired.

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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2018, 06:34:53 PM »
He's beautiful  :smiley:

I've come across a lady recently who makes felt versions of peoples dogs, and can make a little fur or ashes heart to go in it. Ive not ordered from her but I can PM you the website details if you'd like to take a look, if you consider something like that to remember him by when the decision is made xx
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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2018, 06:37:42 PM »
He's beautiful  :smiley:

I've come across a lady recently who makes felt versions of peoples dogs, and can make a little fur or ashes heart to go in it. Ive not ordered from her but I can PM you the website details if you'd like to take a look, if you consider something like that to remember him by when the decision is made xx
Yes please emz

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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2018, 06:38:51 PM »
A few years ago we had a beautiful Smooth Collie called Jethro who we had to have put to sleep at 1yr old due to an illness that was affecting his nervous system, we tried to get him sorted and spent £5000 in vets bills but in the end we had to let him go and i was heartbroken as when i had to retire due to health probs he was there to cheer me up and we'd spend all day cuddling  :smiley: but sadly they couldn't do anymore to cure him. To see a very healthy looking dog put to sleep really did my head in but once they cannot walk properly and have toilet probs the most humane thing is to let them go, make sure you take lots of photos of him before he goes so his memory will live in with ya, ok its sad to see their photos but also you remember a certain day when they were acting daft and it will bring a smile to your face one day. x
Have attached a photo of my Jethro smooth collies are like Lassie but short haired.
Heís certainly a handsome boy xxx itís so hard xxxx

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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2018, 06:44:22 PM »
I struggled alot with my last dog, I knew she was struggling, she started collapsing and would have a accident when she had (it was a kind of fainting, connected to her heart) but on the day of the appt she had perked up a bit.  But I knew it was intermittent, and other times she mainly slept or looked sad. Broke my heart all the same
Sending you big hugs, it's not an easy decision  :hearts: xx

I keep telling myself itís the trauma of the past few months, losing mum and then the house move, plus the heat hasnít helped, but itís a sad fact that he does have a lot of accidents and his back legs are very weak and today particularly heís been unsteady but thatís not the first time, the vet said he has nerve damage to his spine which wonít ever get better , Iíll be guided by the vet but I donít want to rush into a decision I might regret, but at the same time I donít want to prolong any misery/ suffering.

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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2018, 09:25:50 PM »
Usually the vet will be honest, so they should help support you in the decision.  Thinking of you, its not easy atall especially already after a loss  :hearts: xx
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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2018, 11:46:53 PM »
 :hearts:thanks emz xx

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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2018, 05:35:42 AM »
Well since I posted last, my little pal seems to have picked up and rallied round, Iíve postponed the awful decision as I donít feel itís time for us to part company just yet, Iím very relieved, weíre still going to see the vet but just for a once over and to ask re painkiller for him should he need it in between his monthly arthritis injection. He went with me for a little walk yesterday morning and managed quite well, and yesterday evening he was running off with the ball of string I was using to secure the cardboard I was putting out for the recycling! I just wanted to say thanks for your wonderful support in this matter xxx Furthermore my friend Ali e who has Harryís sister, is going to look after him for a few days in early August so I can have a few days away. Sheís had similar worries with her dogs health and I know I can trust her completely to care for him while Iím away (4 days in London)
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Re: Sad news, got to have dog put to sleep
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2018, 07:23:03 AM »
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Bless him  :heart: xx
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